Policy Analysis

Have a look at a selection of recent projects on policy analysis

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Childcare in Wales - Welsh Government

In the run up to rolling out free childcare for 3-4-year olds in Wales, the Welsh Government wanted a review of the childcare sector – including understanding capacity, costs, sustainability and identifying future challenges. Alma Economics worked with the Welsh government to develop a rounded understanding of the sector using a combination of data analysis, review of existing evidence and interviews with front-line staff across Wales. The project, which included a scenario analysis of future costs under different policy regimes, provided valuable insights into the realities of the childcare sector.

The report can be found on the Welsh Government website.



Tax Incentives for Individual Learning - UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)

Alma Economics conducted a comprehensive review of tax incentives and the channels through which they affect investment on skills acquisition and training for the UKCES. To examine the impact of different approaches, our econometricians developed a sophisticated microsimulation model. The model explored pay and training decisions of different individuals using data from several large surveys. The model also estimated the impact of training on employee productivity as well as examining overall Exchequer costs associated with subsidised training. The final report presented the research findings using clear, non-technical language and practical recommendations, helping to drive the policy debate forward.


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New Thinking On Adoption Funding

Alma Economics carried out an in-depth review of the way the adoption system is funded, with a particular focus on the elements relating to cross-organisational collaboration. Our proposed reforms are consistent with the government’s strategy and vision, and can help ensure every child for whom adoption is right is placed quickly and efficiently with the most suitable family, while having access to effective support throughout the adoption process and in the post-adoption period.

You can read the report here.



Data and analysis on the equality impact of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary’s move to alpha - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) commissioned Alma Economics to provide data and analysis on the equality impact of proposed pension changes for Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) staff. Our experts used a longitudinal HR dataset to investigate the effects of the proposed changes. Having completed the analysis, we produced a concise report detailing the magnitude and impact the proposed changes would have on CNC staff if implemented.